Almost every poultry keeper has encountered flock injuries… from mere scratches from rubbing up against the chicken wire to gouges caused by wild animals (such as hawks or raccoons) or dogs. In this article, I include a free recipe for DIY poultry wound care salve, effective for treating external injuries in poultry (people too!)…
What’s in it?
Honey is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial. In fact, the Federal Drug Administration approved Manuka honey (honey made from the Manuka plant) as an alternative treatment for wounds (2007).
Researchers from New Zealand did a study on the effects of honey on untreated wounds. After 19 clinical trials, they concluded that honey was more effective than the previously used method for treating burns.
A second study done on the healing properties of honey was published in the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds. In this study, involving 2,062 patients, researchers saw results that far exceeded most modern wound treatments. Results from this study proved that honey not only reduced inflammation and permanent scarring, but cleared infections and prevented the spreading of bacteria.
Goldenseal is an herb that has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of various ailments… Anything from cuts and scrapes to injuries to the flu. Is it effective though? Let’s take a closer at what’s in it… Goldenseal contains berberine, an antibacterial and highly anti-inflammatory compound (also present in Oregon grape and Phellodendron, Goldthread, Tree Tumeric and European Barberry). Not only is berberine antimicrobial, but it helps boost the immune system. In fact, plants containing berberine are commonly paired with Echinacea in natural cold & flu medications. Because of its antibacterial and immune boosting properties, berberine is commonly used to help treat food poisoning and gastrointestinal disorders. In fact, according to a study published in Global Advancements in Health & Medicine, Berberine is equally as effective as antibiotics for the treatment of SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth).
Plantain (the herb, not the banana-like fruit) has a medical reputation that goes way back… In fact, this herb is mentioned favorably as a powerful, wound (particularly burns and wounds caused by wild animals) healing plant by both Pliny, a Greek Physician, and Pedanius Dioscorides, a Roman Physician. However, let’s not rely on merely legends and words here… Let’s take a little peek on what’s really in this powerful, little plant… Plantain contains allantoin, a compound that stimulates cell growth and reproduction. Plantain also contains mucilage, which is anti-inflammatory. However, it doesn’t stop there… This powerful little plant also contains aucubin, a natural antibiotic. Additionally, plantain is chock full of nutrients, including calcium and iron as well as vitamins C, K & A.
How to Make It:
- 1/8 cup raw honey (Manuka honey is preferred but not necessary. However, the honey must be raw for maximum antibacterial effects).
- 1 Tablespoon crushed Goldenseal herb
- 1 Tablespoon crushed plantain herb
Note: Fresh or dried/powdered herbs can be used.
Directions: Mix thoroughly. Apply to external injuries. (Technically the stuff is edible and healthy… but I haven’t tried it and personally wouldn’t vouch for the taste!). Refrigeration is not necessary but store salve in a cool, dry place.
Note: Pictures will be available on this post soon!